Monday
Nov122018

What, Why and How: Class Management Strategies at CrossFit Affiliates

Here is the third ITA video in a series I worked on with the awesome people at Beyond the White Board which was featured on the CrossFit Journal! This video talks about better ways to organize your class so that members can focus on the workout and the coaches can focus on running a clear and effective hour of training. Enjoy!

Saturday
Nov032018

What, Why and How: Staffing Considerations at CrossFit affiliates

Here is the second ITA video in a series I worked on with the awesome people at Beyond the White Board which was featured on the CrossFit Journal! This video deals with different things to consider when putting together a staffing plan at an affiliate. Enjoy!

Tuesday
Oct302018

What, Why and How: Free Intro Classes at CrossFit affiliates

We recently partnered with our good friends at Beyond the White Board to create some affiliate content for the CrossFit Journal. Here is the first of a new series where we explain the What, Why and How for a variety of different topics aimed at helping CrossFit affiliate owners and coaches provide the best possible services for their members. This first video is all about our free intro class! Check it out!

Sunday
Feb042018

A New York Decade: An Interview with CrossFit Journal

On Inside the Affiliate, we are continuing the celebration of CrossFit South Brooklyn's 10-year anniversary, with a new interview I recently did with the CrossFit Journal, titled "A New York Decade." Check it out for answers to questions such as whether I think an affiliate could start in a park today like CFSBK did in 2007, the difference between running an affiiate then and now, and my single best piece of advice for rookie or new affiliates. Give it a read!

Thursday
Jan042018

Inside the Affiliate on the CrossFit Podcast

At the end of 2017, I was invited to join the CrossFit Podcast and share my reflections on 10 years of running CrossFit South Brooklyn, 256 days of cold showers, and two tattoos. Check it out!

Wednesday
Jan032018

Something for Everybody and Every Body at Your CrossFit Gym

As shared in my previous two posts, if you're new here, you probably found us because the CrossFit Journal team spent a week hanging out at CrossFit South Brooklyn (CFSBK) last summer in honor of our 10-year anniversary, and released a series of videos about our gym called "Inside CrossFit South Brooklyn." We are reposting some of these videos on Inside the Affiliate (click here for the full list of videos). Today, we're highlighting "Fit 55+," which shares more about how and why CFSBK strives to offer something for everyonein this case, a class specifically for our 55-years-old and up population. 

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Wednesday
Nov222017

The Case for Increasing Variety at Your CrossFit Gym


Welcome, new readers! As shared in my previous post, if you're new here, you probably found us because the CrossFit Journal team spent a week hanging out at CrossFit South Brooklyn (CFSBK) last summer in honor of our 10-year anniversary, and is releasing a series of videos about our gym called the "Inside CrossFit South Brooklyn." We started this blog, Inside the Affiliate, in 2013 in the interest of open-sourcing and sharing best practices for running a CrossFit affiliate. As promised yesterday, we will be reposting each video on Inside the Affiliate as they come out (click here for the full list of videos). Today, we're highlighting "Variety," which focuses on our wide variety of classes, the principles uniting each class, and the reason we have so many—such as barbell-free circuit training, yoga, active recovery, and postpartum and age-specific classes. In total, CFSBK's coaching staff supports more than 100 classes per week.

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Tuesday
Nov212017

Inside CrossFit South Brooklyn

Welcome, new readers! My name is David Osorio, and I am the owner of CrossFit South Brooklyn (CFSBK), the first CrossFit gym in Brooklyn, New York. We started this blog, Inside the Affiliate, over four years ago in the interest of open-sourcing and sharing best practices for running a CrossFit affiliate. If this is your first time visiting, you're probably here because you watched one or more of the incredible videos produced by Michael Dalton and the rest of the CrossFit Journal crew, who spent a week hanging out with us over the summer of 2017, in honor of CFSBK's 10th anniversary. We are so humbled and excited to further our platform beyond this blog for sharing information about what works well for CFSBK. Below is the full list of the videos released so far in the "Inside CrossFit South Brooklyn" CrossFit Journal series. We will be reposting each video as they come out and after you're done watching, we hope you stick around to read some articles!

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Sunday
Aug202017

10 Things I've Learned in 10 Years of Owning a CrossFit Gym

CrossFit South Brooklyn’s 10-year anniversary is this month and as it approaches, I've been thinking about many things I've learned in my 10 years of owning an affiliate. 10 of them are below...

1. Treat your employees the way you would want to be treated.

I started my career at a globo-gym in Manhattan, where I learned that the fitness industry has a high turnover rate. When I hired my first coach at CFSBK, I was determined to reverse that trend. 10 years in, we are fortunate to have had very little turnover. I believe this is largely because we've tried to create a work environment and compensation structure that enables coaches to plant their roots and view being a CrossFit coach as a career and not a side job. It is important to have an open dialogue with your employees about their financial needs and what the gym can realistically do for them, and to help them think through steps to creating additional revenue streams if they are motivated.

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Tuesday
Jul042017

Choosing Membership Management Software for Your Gym, Plus a Q&A with Zen Planner

When it comes to managing our membership, CrossFit South Brooklyn has come a long way since our days at St. Mary’s Playground in Brooklyn. We started off not with a software system but with the honors system, which included a pencil pouch for keeping cash and a paper log and pen for signing in. In early 2013, with our membership body in the hundreds, we knew two things: we needed an upgrade, and we weren’t software developers. Around the same time that we built out our front desk, we knew we needed to delegate this aspect of our management and we began flirting with some companies and their software systems. Eventually, we chose Zen Planner, both for their software and their people. There are a number of factors to keep in mind when choosing membership management software, but for now, I’ll share our experience and some factors that influenced my decision.

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